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Tue, Jan. 28th, 2014, 10:37 am
Farewell, Pete Seeger



There's an ache in my soul.

Something is lost.

There's a person-sized hole.

For ninety-four years, he was here.

Now he's gone,

But his life and his music live on

Crude, perhaps, as a chorus. But you can all sing it with me. And maybe come up with some verses to go with it.

For Pete.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1646880.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Tue, Jan. 28th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)

Oh, the tributes I will hear in the filk rooms! We will weep but also celebrate his legacies.

Though the best tributes are not in the words of songs, but in the deeds we do to honor his life.

Tue, Jan. 28th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)

His memory matters--it rises and floats
Past the ache in our hearts, on the song in our throats
We'll sing in the darkness, we'll sing in the dawn.
As his life and his music live on

Tue, Jan. 28th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)

I've been hearing he's dead, no he's not, all week. Is it for real then? If so, then I'm glad that I had the chance to meet him & hear him sing (once with Malvina Reynolds) as often as I have.

Here's to singing his spirit home.

Wed, Jan. 29th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)

I heard that his family, and many of his musically inclined friends, were with him at the end - Peter Yarrow said, "We were singing...", and I like to think that they did, indeed, sing him home. Although even if they were all crying too hard to sing, somebody, somewhere, must have been singing one of Pete's songs at the time.

Wed, Jan. 29th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)

"So Long, It's Been Good to Know You," indeed. Many thanks, sir, & rest well.

Wed, Jan. 29th, 2014 05:37 am (UTC)

I've always loved his song "Hell's Canyon."

On the shore of the Hudson River
There once lived a remarkable man.
They called him Old Pete Seeger -
But to us, what a gem of our land!

Hear the rinka-tinka-tinka-tinka playing on,
He knew what a banjo is for!
Did the rinka-tinka-tinka for a hundred years...
We'd wish for a hundred more.

Wed, Jan. 29th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)

It would have been kinda nice if he could have received the Nobel Peace Prize while he was still alive to appreciate it - although he probably would have said he didn't deserve it any more than thousands of other people who spread his message.

I'm sad, yes - I've never lived in a world withoug Pete Seeger (he was the same age as my mother, and I'm pretty old). But I feel far more inclined to celebrate his life than to mourn his death.